In January, Nancy Pelosi will take the Speaker’s gavel.
That means a new wave of Democratic lawmakers will be running the House of Representatives.
And one of them has made it his mission to turn the committee he will be running on President Trump.
Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has been one of the most vocal critics of President Trump within the Democrat party.
The California Democrat has a long history of voting against the President’s agenda and is a frequent guest on left-leaning news networks such as CNN to attack President Trump.
It’s no secret that Schiff has it out for the President.
And now that he will be the incoming Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in January, Schiff is working to use the committee’s powers to investigate every aspect of President Trump’s life.
The biggest target Schiff has set his sights on is Trump’s personal finances.
Investigating a sitting President’s finances is something Trump said would be a “red line” in 2017, and Schiff plans to cross that line using the power of Congress.
Schiff has spent nearly two years pushing the “Russian collusion” story to the press, his fellow members of Congress, and anyone else who will listen to him.
He has repeatedly claimed that investigating the President’s personal finances would finally reveal the smoking gun to prove Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election.
Schiff is so convinced the President is guilty that he’s already rendered a verdict before he’s even taken over the committee.
Trump may face a “real prospect of jail time,” Schiff said in an interview with The New Yorker.
However, his plans to use Congress to probe into the President’s personal life and his money has drawn criticism from many, including fellow Democrats.
Schiff’s colleague and former Democrat Congressman Henry Waxman said, “Don’t make wild accusations and then try to substantiate them. You start with the facts and stay with the facts, and lead them to drawing a conclusion.”
For his part, President Trump has laid into Congressman Schiff for his obsession with proving a conspiracy involving Russia.
Trump has called Schiff a “leaker” in the past, and in a tweet last month, called Schiff out for hypocritically criticizing his appointment of Matt Whitaker to the position of Acting Attorney General.
“So funny to see little Adam Schitt [sic] (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!”
Trump has also tweeted in the past that Schiff is “desperate to run for higher office.”
He may be right.
Schiff spent much of 2018 campaigning in several of the early 2020 primary states including Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and his home state of California.
In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Schiff dismissed a question about running for President in 2020, but did not rule anything out.
Schiff’s critics, including President Trump, will argue that the California Democrat is planning on using his committee to set himself up for a Presidential bid in 2020 or 2024.
We will keep you up to date on this developing story.